Every year, 4th graders bring their stuffed animals to St. Francis of Assisi around his feast day. They memorize and recite the St. Francis' prayer and remember his love of animals. How did he become known for loving animals? Well, that's a story. St. Francis, was a saint from Italy 800 years ago, was ex-military, and after a severe illness, had a strange vision that drove him to a religious life. He founded the Franciscan order under a very simple rule: "To follow the teachings of our Lord Jesus Christ and to walk in his footsteps." He lead his order, while preaching throughout the Mediterranean. One time, he personally preached to the Muslim Sultan of Egypt during a Crusade battle. When he returned to Assisi, he originated the idea of the nativity scene. In the first one, he used statues, except for the animals. He used an actual donkey and an ox. This is where he got his reputation for the love of animals.
School News 2014-2015
The Animals of St. Francis